Millions of years ago, giants roamed the earth, some more than 14 feet tall!
Look out, because those giants have now descended on Victoria!
So how do you assemble such a colossal exhibition?
“Ready…one two three…”
How many men does it take to put a head on a mammoth?
“The trunk has got to go up…”
Apparently, it’s five, plus one inside the mammoth, to receive the head and click it into place.
“I’ve got all the bolts and I’m just tightening it up!”
It’s all in a days work for this team, as they assemble Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age, which opens at the Royal BC Museum June 3.
“I would classify this as one of our large exhibitions” explains Royal BC Museum Production Manager Mark Dickson.
“It`s not the largest in footprint, but it is certainly the largest in the number of truck that we had to accommodate.”
Ten semi-trailer trucks delivered all the components from Toronto.
“Everything was very modular. It rolled off very easily, and it looks like it`s going to set up very quickly for us.” says Dickson.
So how do museums choose exhibitions?
Dickson explains that “the planning stage tends to be three to four years out.
“Quite often we`re attending trade shows, we`re looking at what`s out there in the marketplace.”
“We review quite literally sometimes, dozens of exhibitions from big shows like this, 8000 to 9000 square feet, right down to little pocket gallery style shows of about 1200 square feet.”
Exhibitions like this one can take up to four weeks for full set up. Dickson anticipates “Mammoths” will be set to go in two and a half.
“We`re a very simple venue. We`re a big square box basically…all the components tend to be modular and small, so you can push them around within the footprint of your organization.”
And transform that space into an ancient landscape, filled with mammoths, mastodons, bears, saber toothed tigers…
“This is a really family-focused show, and I think we`re really going to have a really strong attendance from the local committee as well as our summer visitors.”
You can walk among these “Giants of the Ice Age” from June 3 to December 31.